It’s no secret that Newport Beach hosts some of the best restaurants in Orange County. During Newport Beach Restaurant Week, you can indulge your inner-foodie during the longest running restaurant week in Orange County. The annual event features specially priced prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner at 61 top restaurants in Newport Beach from Jan. 18-31. Feed your curiosity and try new places or revisit your favorites. From budget-friendly to health-conscious, restaurant week has something for everyone. Check out some of our favorites.
Fig & Olive
Transport yourself to the French Riviera with the fresh flavors of Fig & Olive. Butternut squash and chestnut soup, winter vegetables linguini, lemon chicken tajine and paella del mar are a few of the items to select from the lunch and dinner menus during Newport Beach Restaurant Week. An optional crostini tasting (chef’s choice) for an additional $9 is a must-have. Dessert included in both lunch and dinner menu. See website for hours. L $25; D $40. 151 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.877.3005. Menu Info.
Back Bay Bistro
Pair gorgeous views with a wide variety of indulgent dishes. You nearly get free reign on the regular menu when choosing what you want to eat for lunch or dinner. A two-course, $20 lunch starts with a soup or salad and includes mains like the pesto chicken sandwich, grilled baja fish tacos and the New York Reuben sandwich. Noteworthy entrees on the three-course dinner menu include a mustard and fresh herb-crusted rack of lamb and the award-winning seafood chowder. You’re also getting a deal; entrees on the dinner menu normally range from $19-$34, but are all included as options for the $40 three-course restaurant week menu. L $20; D $40. 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 949.729.1144. Menu Info.
Taste the highly acclaimed Mexican cuisine of Chef Rick Bayless in Red O’s upscale vacation-inspired atmosphere. Lunch and dinner appetizers include Mary’s duck taquitos (slow-cooked duck leg, tomato-árbol chile sauce and wild baby arugula) and fresh corn and goat cheese tamales; while entrees range from classic Mexican dishes like enchiladas suizas to a tender, 8-oz., wood-grilled filet Mignon. Su-Th 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; F-Sa 11 a.m.-11 p.m. L $20; D $50. 143 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.718.0300. Menu Info.
Savor creative creations ranging from $5-$10–from a lobster carnitas burrito to crispy tuna tacos–during Slapfish’s lunch. For dinner, try mashups like chowder fries: French fries smothered in clam chowder and topped with a fried egg and bacon, and a Chicago-style lobster dog. What’s a lobster dog? An all-beef dog packed with lobster, pickles, chilies, onions and tomato. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. L $5-$10; D $20. 2727 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, 949.723.0034. Menu Info.
Enjoy one of Hopdoddy’s signature craft burgers or an artisan salad with your choice of hand-cut Kennebec fries or a hand-churned milkshake. Milkshake flavors include Nutella and chocolate pretzel, caramel and sea salt or red velvet cake, to name a few. For dinner, fries are included and guests can choose between a milkshake or draft beer. Su-Th 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; F-Sa 11 a.m.-11 p.m. L $10; D $20. Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Suite 311, Newport Beach, 949.640.2337. Menu Info.
The Bungalow Restaurant
The restaurant’s lunch options include corn chowder, the Bungalow salad or a caesar salad for the first course. Enjoy options like a shrimp BLT or a hoison-glazed shrimp and mango salad for the mains. (Add dessert for $5.) Dinner options include filet Mignon, miso-marinated Chilean sea bass and bungalow chicken, dessert included. M-Th 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; F 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sa 5-11 p.m.; Su 5-9 p.m. L $15-$20; D $40. 2441 East Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.673.6585. Menu Info.
Enjoy sweeping views of Newport Harbor while savoring contemporary California regional cuisine. The Winery offers a hip, vibrant, sophisticated setting to create a cutting-edge dining experience. With accolades such as “Restaurant of the Year,” “Chef of the Year,” “Best Restaurant,” and many more, restaurant week is the perfect time to visit, whether a first timer or returning guest. M-Th 5-10 p.m.; F-Sa 5-10:30 p.m.; Su 5-9:30 p.m. D $50. 3131 West Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.999.6622. Menu Info.
Relax under the oak tree and enjoy delicious menu items from chef Marc Johnson. For lunch, choose from lobster bisque with brandy cream or a tandoori spiced tuna tartare along with an entree–ensalada con pollo asada, Maine lobster chopped salad or a prime rib French dip. (Add dessert for $3.) Dinner includes an appetizer, heartier entrees such as grilled pork chop or roasted salmon, and dessert is included in the price. Su-W 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Th-Sa 11 a.m.-11 p.m. L $20-$23; D $40. Island Hotel, Oak Grill, 690 Newport Center Drive, 949.760.4920. Menu Info.
The Ritz Prime Seafood
Located along Mariner’s Mile, The Ritz Prime Seafood will feature a delectable three-course dinner in a beautiful waterfront setting. Enjoy the soup of the day or The Ritz caesar salad to start. For the second course, choose between Faroe Island salmon with kohlrabi cream, jidori chicken with corn and bacon pudding and pan roasted jus, or American wagyu short ribs with whipped Yukon potatoes, demi-glace and cipollini onions. Dessert brings two sweet choices—a sticky toffee sundae or seasonal gelato and berries! See website for hours. D $50. 2801 West Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.720.1800. Menu Info.
Located at Pelican Hill Golf Club, Pelican Grill embodies coastal California dining with fresh locally sourced Irvine Ranch ingredients, an open-concept display kitchen, a heated ocean-view terrace, an extensive California wine selection and a lounge with two nine-foot plasma TVs for sports viewing. Choose from items such as cauliflower bisque and slow-braised boneless short ribs to ahi tuna tartare and grilled pork chop. See website for hours. L $25; D $50. 22701 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Coast, 844.727.8771. Menu Info.
Located in Fashion Island, the California-inspired Italian kitchen and wine shop aims to satisfy all your cravings. The menu features Italian classics with a modern twist. Kick off your meal with a kale Caesar salad paired with a delicious porchetta and brie panini, or a crafted pizza with toppings like fig and prosciutto. See website for hours. L $20-$25; D $30. 951 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.706.1416. Menu Info.
Keep your New Year’s resolution without sacrificing flavor. Sushi Roku’s restaurant week offerings include items like an organic kale salad with ginger plum vinaigrette, seared albacore sashimi, grilled salmon, sushi and more. Dessert options even include sorbet and fresh fruit. Su-Th 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; F-Sa 11 a.m.-11 p.m. L $20; D $40. 327 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.706.3622. Menu Info.
The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove
From salads, soups and sandwiches, the two-course lunch menu and three-course dinner menu both come with premier seating–just steps from the sandy beach. Enjoy ocean-front dining in the Historic District of the Crystal Cove State Park with breath taking views of the Newport Coastline and Catalina Island. English pea soup, cavatelli pesto pasta, roasted lamb ragu and homemade chocolate cake are a few options on the prix-fixe menus. 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. L $20; D $40. 15 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast, 949.376.6900. Menu Info.